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ICRAC opening statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting

Click here to read this post in braille. This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). On Monday April 13, ICRAC guest Dr. Mark A. Gubrud delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. International Committee for Robot Arms Control opening statement to the Convention on Conventional […]

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Is Russia Leading the World to Autonomous Weapons?

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). The short answer is no. But Russia is testing and may deploy at its ICBM bases a lethal mobile system which has “automatic and semi-automatic control modes.” Additionally, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has recently called for “robotic systems that are fully integrated in the command […]

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Can an autonomous weapons ban be verified?

by guest blogger Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud) and ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann. At the ongoing CCW experts’ meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in Geneva, questions have begun to be raised about the verifiability of a ban on autonomous weapon systems. We would like to highlight the existence of our working paper outlining compliance measures for a […]

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A meme is born: autonomous = secure

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). One of Joshua Foust’s assertions in his debate with Heather Roff was that making weapons autonomous was necessary in order to secure them against the threat of hacking. I posted a response after Foust reiterated this surprising argument in an article which seems to have gone semi-viral on the […]

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NYT warns of killer robot gap

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). New York Times science writer John Markoff reported on Sept.23 that the US military “lags” in development of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), which is sort of true if you compare the status of UGVs with that of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The real reason, as Markoff […]

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Foust’s case for killer robots engaged: Autonomous weapons are no phantom menace

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). ForeignPolicy.com blogger Joshua Foust announced on May 14 that he’d identified a “liberal” case for killer robots, including the seemingly incompatible assessments that they could “do it better”, where “it” means make the decision to kill, and that they are but a “phantom” (therefore not demanding of […]

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DoD Directive on Autonomy in Weapon Systems

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). On Nov. 21, as news of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) “Losing Humanity” report was spreading, the Department of Defense quietly released Directive 3000.09 “for the development and use of autonomous and semi-autonomous functions in weapon systems”, making the United States the first nation to have an […]

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The Principle of Humanity in Conflict

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). I want to share a personal perspective, which has not been endorsed by ICRAC. I hope to stimulate further discussion on the foundations and framing of the nascent global campaign against autonomous weapons (AW, or systems, AWS). This essay is written to be constructively provocative. Two […]

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AP report: 30% of Pakistan drone strike dead not “militants”

This is a guest post by Mark Gubrud (@mgubrud). The Associated Press reports  that an “on-the-ground investigation” it conducted in North Waziristan of “10 of the deadliest [drone] attacks in the past 18 months”  found that  “of at least 194 people killed in the attacks, about 70 percent – at least 138 – were militants.  […]

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